October 2, 2022
Jacqueline Avant, Clarence Avant

Jacqueline Avant, philanthropist and music exec Clarence Avant’s wife, killed in home invasion at 81

These in the trade who knew and beloved Jacqueline “Jackie” Avant are paying tribute to the girl with “a beautiful soul [and] kind heart” after her tragic loss of life on Wednesday.

Avant, the 81-year-old philanthropist and spouse of legendary music govt Clarence Avant, was shot and killed throughout an obvious home invasion in Beverly Hills, in line with the Los Angeles Times, ABC News and CBS News.

Jacqueline Avant, philanthropist and music exec Clarence Avant’s spouse, killed in home invasion | Credit score: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Photos

The philanthropist and former mannequin married Clarence, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in Might, in 1967, the Greensboro News and Record reported. The 2 shared son Alex and daughter Nicole. Nicole produced a 2019 Netflix documentary about her father known as The Black Godfather, and is married to Netflix co-CEO and chief content material officer Ted Sarandos.

NBA nice Earvin “Magic” Johnson wrote on Twitter that Avant was “the sweetest person you could ever meet.”

“She had a beautiful soul, kind heart, & always had a kind word for everybody. She was quiet, yet powerful, & very smart,” he wrote. “We are crying for Clarence, Nicole & Alex’s loss. Our thoughts & prayers go out to the entire family.”

Former President Bill Clinton additionally weighed in, saying he and spouse Hillary Clinton have been “heartbroken” by her loss.

“Jackie Avant was a wonderful woman, a great partner to Clarence and mother to Alex and Nicole, an active citizen & a dear friend to Hillary and me for 30 years,” he wrote on Twitter. “She inspired admiration, respect & affection in everyone who knew her. We are heartbroken. She will be deeply missed.”

Songwriting legend Diane Warren wrote that she was “heartbroken, disgusted and angry” by the killing, and that Avant was beloved by all.

“Love to Clarence Avant and Alex and Nicole and the Avant family. We all loved Jackie and are all horrified by this senseless and heinous act of violence,” she wrote.

Stevie Van Zandt additionally prolonged his condolences to the household, writing, “OMFG! Deepest, deepest condolences to Clarence, Nicole, Alexander, and Ted. What an unspeakable horror. We were so proud to induct Clarence into the Rock Hall this year, so well deserved, and now this…”

John Wealthy, one half of the nation duo Huge & Wealthy, wrote on Twitter that he and Clarence are shut buddies.

“I have friends from all walks of life, and Mr Clarence Avant is one of them,” he wrote. “He’s one of the most influential people to ever be in music and he and Ms Jacqueline have treated me like family for decades. Prayers up for the the Avant family tonight.”

Added actress Yvette Nicole Brown: “Dear God! This is devastating news.”

In an announcement shared with Deadline, Danny J. Bakewell Sr., Chairman of Los Angeles Sentinel proprietor Bakewell Media and a longtime good friend of the Avant household, mentioned that Clarence is protected and “currently grieving, but resting with his family.”

“Words cannot express the pain and devastation we felt this morning over the senseless murder of our beloved friend/family member Mrs. Jackie Avant. Her brutal murder is not only a loss to her entire family but is a terrible loss to everyone who met her,” the assertion learn. “Her warm and kind personality was evident to everyone who came into contact with her, and her loving smile was a Blessing to us all… Our prayers go out to Clarence, Nicole, and Alex as they try and navigate through what has to be the most difficult time in their lives.”

The Beverly Hills Police Division mentioned officers responded to a home in the 1100 block of Maytor Place round 2:23 a.m. Wednesday and discovered the sufferer with a gunshot wound. The sufferer was taken to the hospital the place she died. (Police haven’t confirmed to PEOPLE that the sufferer was Avant, or that the home was that of the Avants.)

The suspects had left the scene by the point the police arrived, and no arrests have been made.

Along with serving on the board of administrators of the Worldwide Scholar Middle at UCLA, Avant additionally served as president of Neighbors of Watts, which is linked to the nonprofit South Central Group Baby Care Middle, in line with  The Hollywood Reporter.

Her husband Clarence, often called the Godfather of Black Music, was inducted into the Rock Corridor in Might with the Ahmet Ertegun Award, which fits to non-performing trade professionals who’ve had a serious affect on the inventive growth and development of rock and roll music.

He was inducted by Lionel Richie, who told the audience Clarence, 90, was “the perfect marriage between street sense and common sense.”

Clarence launched Sussex Data in 1969, which helped kickstart the profession of legendary singer Invoice Withers. Two years later, he began Avant Garde Broadcasting, one of many first Black-owned radio stations in the nation.

He was additionally an govt producer of the historic 1973 live performance movie Save the Youngsters, and helped struggle for extra equitable and profitable offers for Black artists on main file labels all through the Seventies.